Coteaux du Giennois is a wine region of around 190 hectares in size producing white, rosé and a little red wine. It is based around Gien (hence the name), a town near Sancerre, in the Loire Valley. The Sauvignon vines are planted on limestone and flint soil – locally called Silex – which lends itself to the delicate, fruity character of the varietal from this area.
A relative newcomer compared to nearby producers, the Thibault family – under brothers Fernand and Jean-François – created Domaine de Villargeau in 1991, replanting abandoned vineyards on prime, south, south-east facing slopes. In 2000, son Marc (who had completed his oenology studies) joined the running of the business.
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Harvested grapes are slow pressed for 2 hours, then settled for 12-18 hours. Fermentation at controlled temperatures takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine is aged on its lees to elevate the purity and intensely aromatic character of the wine, while adding a subtle weight and texture.
Enjoy on its on its own, or with asparagus (and Hollandaise sauce, or melted butter and white pepper), or any white fish, simply cooked. Also a delight with English or French goat’s cheese and some fine bread.